Planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. Many brides and their grooms would say that's an understatement. There's so much to do, from nailing down the final guest list and dealing with the RSVP's, to organizing the bridesmaids and groomsmen, to planning the food and beverage and sorting out a dream venue. And that's not to mention the dress, shoes, hair, makeup and wedding favors. It's easy to get yourself into a tizz and forget something when planning a wedding. Luckily, these 12 wedding hacks can help.
Sorting out who will be in the wedding party is a priority. Remember to send your official requests out nice and early, so that you have the best chance of attendance. You can get creative with your requests, such as this cool jigsaw puzzle:
So you've found the perfect pair of shoes to match your wedding dress. Remember to wear them in first, you don't want to be hobbling around on your big day with blisters!
Stuck for a dress? Check out The Wedding Dress Look Book, a free app by The Knot. It allows you to customize your search down to the tiniest detail.
Check out other great wedding-themed apps, such as this one, called Wedding Planning Complete. It allows you to share information with your wedding party, provides reminders and has built-in templates for budgeting.
Consider getting a wedding planner, and relax knowing you have help. This is particularly applicable if your wedding is large or you are working long hours.
Create an online photo album for sharing pictures of your engagement and wedding.
A novel and fun idea is to ask for song requests on your RSVPs.
Make a budget. Early. Without one, your wedding is a recipe for financial disaster.
Create a group on Facebook to keep family and friends updated on plans for the wedding.
Personalized return address stamps or labels make sending out the invites a whole lot easier.
Get organized with free templates off the internet. Like this one, which allows you to ensure you have all your guests, and their contact details, at the ready.
One of the very first things you should do is get the guest list sorted. Once you know how many people you need to invite, you know what size wedding to plan for. Is your list too long? Try paring it down using a tool such as this one: